Eyezmaze – Fun Flash Puzzle Games For Everyone
<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/eyezmaze.png” />Warning: I’m about to tell you about a flash puzzle game website that will probably eat up several hours of your time. Please consider whether you are willing to take this risk before you proceed.
Eyezmaze.com [Broken URL Removed]’s games are fun, unique, and free. All of the games are the work of just one person, and they have a consistently quirky art style that manages to be weird, cute, and awesome all at once. Just start playing one and you’ll quickly realize that they definitely aren’t your typical flash puzzle games.
As for the gameplay, it’s a nice challenge. The logical reasoning it’ll take to work out the solutions to puzzles is always enjoyable. And the first time you experience one of the remarkably satisfying endings that every game has, you’ll never want to give up partway through solving any of them.
When your productivity suffers, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
The most popular games on Eyezmaze are the GROW games. These puzzle games require you to find out the order in which different objects (which you’ll find in the boxes on the sides of the screen) need to be dragged or clicked on to place them in the game world.
Placed objects build off of each other, “leveling up” and transforming (GROWing!) in different ways depending on the order in which you placed them. The trick is that there is only one order that will work to earn you the game’s best ending. It takes a bit of guessing at first, but working out the logic of how the different objects work together in order to make them level up the most is the real challenge and fun of the game.
Although all of the GROW games play by these rules, each one has unique placeable objects and worlds; the quirky and unique style of each game is a huge part of their appeal. You get to grow a whole society on a cube in GROW CUBE [Broken URL Removed], and the objective of GROW TOWER [Broken URL Removed] is to build up a tower using objects like what appear to be simply a brick block and a flower pot (but are really much more). Then there’s GROW RPG [Broken URL Removed], a parody of RPG games: placed objects””like a village, a tower, and a treasure chest””impact the game’s ongoing conflict between the hero and the dragon.
There are several other GROW games that you can find on the left sidebar on the site. There you’ll also find a bunch of “miniGROW” games, which have less objects and are thus easier to solve.
Other puzzle games
There are a bunch of other puzzle games on Eyezmaze besides the GROW games.
In Chronon [Broken URL Removed], you have to manipulate the different objects in a room at different times throughout the day in order to help a little guy in a cage escape.
This is one of the toughest games on Eyezmaze. The logic of how your actions affect the state of the room at different time periods is not as straightforward as the logic in the GROW games, so working out the solution can be a real challenge.
TRANSFORM [Broken URL Removed], on the other hand, is an easy game in which you have to help the antelope survive the lion’s attack by clicking on different parts of the antelope to transform it.
Time freezes when the lion attacks, and you have to transform the antelope in some ridiculous and hilarious ways to help it to survive. You can’t lose; you just have to click on the right places as fast as you can to get a good completion time and rank.
Vanilla [Broken URL Removed] is a stacking game where you have to balance trees on top of each other.
The unique thing about the game is the elongated vertical playing field that will make you have to scroll up and down the page. Since growing a new tree requires clicking on each tree from bottom to top, things get more difficult the more you’ve grown; if you click on just one tree too far to the left or right, you could send all of the trees above it toppling to the side!
A few faster-paced games
Are the puzzle games I’ve described above too slow for you? Eyezmaze has a few games that require some hand-eye coordination and quick reaction time to win.
Tontie [Broken URL Removed] is a unique sort of Whac-A-Mole game played with your keyboard’s number pad.
It really takes the concept of Whac-A-Mole and expands significantly upon it: there are a ton of different enemies and powerups, and there’s even a shop in the game where you can purchase powerups with the coins that you earn from Whac’d enemies. The game starts out easy, but just wait until the tougher enemies are introduced!
HATCH [Broken URL Removed] is a fun little game where you have to move an egg on the bottom of the screen around with your mouse to catch the food falling from the sky.
The difficult part is that you have to change the color of your egg to match the color of the food, which is done by pressing a key on your keyboard. Because a new color is introduced in each stage, the game gradually challenges you to get quicker at switching colors as you try desperately to catch all of the food.
In Isora & Muku [Broken URL Removed], you control one character with your mouse and protect the other from enemies in the air and stones and holes in the ground.
The character you’re controlling will automatically attack enemies and stones if you move her toward them. Like the other games, this one also starts out easy, but it gets a bit tougher when there are more enemies.
Eyezmaze has a lot more games where those came from if you explore the site’s left sidebar. Under “miniGAMEs” you’ll find a bunch of simpler games that I didn’t mention above. And be sure to keep checking back to the site, because the creator is frequently updating it with new games.
What is your favorite game on Eyezmaze?
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